Does drinking beer make radiation for colon cancer less effective?

No. Radiation works on an atomic level through ionization. Free radicals are created and these ultimately damage a cells dna disrupting their survival. Beer has nothing in it to stop that process. Doctors and nurses however tell people to stop drinking so the side effects are not increased. As long as their is no diarrhea and one drinks one or two beers there should be no harm. And not daily.
Unknown. I am not aware of any study of radiation effectiveness and beer consumption. I do not believe beer in moderation would have an effect.

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How effective is radiation therapy for treating colon cancer?

Partially effective. The best approach for colon cancer is resection. If lesion is large such as one in the rectosigmoid, then RT plus chemo can be employed to reduce the lesion for resection. While the end effect minimizes local recurrence, it does not alter overall survival. Read more...

Please tell me, could colon cancer be caused by over alcohol use?

Yes. Both alcohol and tobacco are associated with a number of gastrointestinal cancers including colon cancer. However, almost all colon cancer starts in polyps, and colonscopy can detect and remove them. See your doctor and discuss with him/her, and if you are drinking to excess, get help with stopping/reducing. If there is a family history of colon cancer, you are even more at risk. Read more...

After stage 2 colon cancer surgery. My colonoscopy revealed inflammation and blisters at the incision. Can I drink na beer.?

Probably. Even with inflammation at the sight of your surgery, and occasional beer probably will not hurt it. However, you should discuss this with your surgeon or gastroneurologist before tipping one back. Good luck. Read more...
Yes. Anything in moderation should be fine. You should discuss the ulceration with the surgeon who performed the surgery though. Read more...

During radiation for colon cancer, there was a wall thickening of the bladder, but the doctor told my husband that theres nothing to worry. What could?

Nothing to worry. There likely is nothing to worry about. If you are experiencing any symptoms, such as urinary frequency or urgency, i would recommend seeing a urologist. Read more...
More details. Acute symptoms from pelvic radiation therapy include bladder irritability and inflammation maybe that's what your physician was explaining to you. Read more...
Depends. Bladder thickening may be nothing but should probably be investigated further. A few details would help: what was the stage and location of the colon cancer? What kind of surgery did he have? If it was rectal cancer (most likely since he got radiation) did he also get chemotherapy and was it given with radiation, after surgery, before surgery or all? Does he have any urinary bleeding or burning? Read more...

Does drinking alcohol increase the risk of colon cancer?

It depends. Some studies suggest a link between an increased consumption of alcohol and colorectal cancer. A study analyzing the korean population showed a higher rate of colon cancer in people who consumed alcohol regularly. In a north carolina study the opposite appeared to be true - alcohol consumption seemed to decrease the rate of colon cancer. Basically, there there is no strong evidence either way. Read more...
Yes. Excess alcohol, low fiber diet, inactivity, eating processed foods, and smoked meats are all contributing factors to crc. Read more...

Is it possible to get radiation therapy for colon cancer?

Yes. Current treatment of rectal cancer that extends into the wall of the rectum or involves adjacent lymph nodes is preoperative radiation and chemotherapy followed by surgery. Furthermore, cancers of the colon that have directly invaded adjacent organs or the abdominal wall are treated with radiation therapy after surgery. Read more...
Yes. Radiation is standard treatment for rectal cancers which have not spread and is used in combination with chemotherapy. For pure colon cancers, radiation is used sometimes in special situations (e.g. Cancer involving nearby critical organ or causing pain/ bleeding). The main therapies for colon cancer though are surgery and chemotherapy. Read more...